Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, displays the official inaugural gifts to be presented to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday. The crystal vases are custom designed and engraved by Lenox. Lenox Vice President of Design Tim Carder, right, presents the vases to Schumer in the Russell Senate Office Building.
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published Friday, January 18th, 2013
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